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Daio Paper starts up cellulose nanofiber plant

January 29, 2018 / Stephen Moore

Japan’s Daio Paper started production of cellulose nanofibers (CNF) at  a 10-tonnes/year pilot plant in Shikoku-Chuo City on the island of Shikoku in January 2018. The company markets its products under the Ellex brand, with target applications including fiber reinforcement for plastic composites. Cost remains an issue for CNF at present, with $50 per kilogram the norm. Suppliers do, however, expect that improvements in manufacturing technology and scale-up will eventually lead to prices of around $5/kg.